Dyfodol i’r Iaith has expressed concern over the proposals to undermine the value of Welsh as an academic subject within Bangor and Cardiff Universities.
In the wake of pressure to make savings, proposals have been submitted to merge the School of Welsh with other language departments within Cardiff and to cut one post at professorial level in Bangor. Dyfodol has contacted the Vice-Chancellors of both Universities, asking them to reject these proposals for the sake of the language’s standing as a subject and an official national medium.
Eifion Lloyd-Jones on behalf of Dyfodol said; “These short-term proposals will send out a damaging long-term message regarding these institutions’ historical commitment to the Welsh language.”
“We must protect the independence and uniqueness of Welsh as an academic subject within our nation’s Universities and consider at the same time the significance of such proposals to the status and value of the language in a wider context – as our national, creative and community language.”
“We would stress the importance that these key institutions acknowledge and engage with their contribution to the future success of the Welsh language.”